Tweed Heads Historical Society researcher Bill Bainbridge.
Tweed Heads Historical Society researcher Bill Bainbridge.

Seeking history of unique boat



Do you have any knowledge about this boat?

Tweed River Regional Museum is calling on anyone to come forward with information about the history of the flat-bottomed rowboat that was recently bought by the museum for $1000.

Tweed Heads Historical Society researcher Bill Bainbridge said the boat, known as the long boat, was believed to be the same one that lay in a Coomera field for 40 years.

Mr Bainbridge said the boat, built about 100 years ago, now has conser- vation status and is a 5.5-metre-long carval-built river skiff.

"We're very excited to find one of these boats, as they were used as work boats and tended to disintegrate quickly," he said.

"We haven't been able to find one in any other museum - it's quite remarkable that it's lasted."

Mr Bainbridge said these wide, flat-bottomed boats were common in our waterways from the late 1800s until the 1920s.

"They were built to sit on the water rather than in it, which made them easy to manoueuvre around on the water," he said.

"The museum has received a $2000 conservation grant from the Australian National Maritime Museum.

"The grant will be used to prepare a cradle to support the boat's framework so it can be put on display inside the new museum.

"We'd like to know who had it in the Coomera field or hear from the people who lived in the farmhouse or anyone else who knows something about this rare boat."



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